Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a program in 2021 given the coronavirus pandemic?
UM SEP will move forward with plans to host a cohort in 2021, but the program will follow public health and University of Michigan guidelines to remain in accordance with appropriate restrictions as the coronavirus pandemic evolves.
When will the program begin and end?
The dates for the 2021 UM SEP program will fall from the end of May to the end of July.
What is the time commitment?
The UM SEP is a full-time commitment for the entire eight-week duration. Participants will work at their internships about 8 hours a day from Monday through Thursday. On Fridays there are required site visits and lectures. The GRE course and group activities occur most weekends.
Can I come to Ann Arbor a few days late?
No. Every day of the program is essential. Some schools on the quarter system have exams after June 1. If you are in that situation, let us know and we will work with your professors to proctor the exam in Ann Arbor so that you do not miss any of the program components.
If I graduate in the Spring of 2021, can I still apply for the program?
No. Students must be continuing as an undergraduate in the Fall of 2021. Graduating in December 2021 is fine.
Do the letters of recommendation have to come from public health professors?
No. The letters of recommendation can come from any professor, employer, or academic advisor.
I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?
Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to accept late applications.
What is the timeline for admissions?
Applications go through several rounds of review and we do our best to keep everyone informed about their status. Those selected to be interviewed will be notified in early March, and interviews will be conducted on Skype (or in-person for UM students) the following week. All applicants will be notified our our final admission decision by late March.
What if I get into another program and they need a decision sooner than that?
If you are in this situation, please contact us. We may be able to expedite decisions for exceptional candidates.
What if I have a question not answered here?
Please contact us.